Montinore Estate 2016 Graham’s Block 7 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55

By on March 9, 2021

Rudy Marchesi’s 200-acre site west of Portland in Forest Grove, which ranks as one of the Pacific Northwest’s icons to Biodynamic farming, will celebrate its 40th birthday next year, and this reserve-style Pinot Noir is a blend of Pommard and Wädenswil clones from the planting’s oldest block. This Demeter-certified bottling of 10 barrels opens with aromas of cherry cola, Indian spices, fresh tobacco and crushed brick. Stephen Webber’s winemaking and deft touch with tannin management creates a pleasing, fruit-forward structure that hits on black cherry, boysenberry and elderberry before a final push of plum juice.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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